Wednesday, September 21, 2005

New Java podcast! The Java Posse

Dick Wall, who co-hosted JavaCast, has started a new podcast all about Java. The Java Posse plans to avoid the catastrophic fate of JavaCast by raising the Bus Number from 1 to 3. Dick is joined by co-hosts Tor Norbye (Sun), and Carl Quinn (Google), all of whom have access to keep the show going without any problems.

Assuming everything goes well, this is going to be huge for the mainstream Java community. Podcasts are a great way to keep up with all the news in the industry, and the Java industry is quite big. JavaCast went from nothing to 40,000 subscribers in a month. I predict the same or better for the Java Posse. As the guy in charge of content for JavaCast, Dick has shown that he's got his finger on the pulse of the Java world. And I like the way he's willing to express his opinions without simply echoing the hype and buzz phrases that can dominate many other Java-related sites and news sources.

The interview segments on JavaCast were great, too, and Dick plans to keep that going in the Java Posse, with the difference that interviews will be separate mp3 files from the news segments. When I had my interview with Dick about IntelliJ IDEA 5.0, I was very impressed with his questions. He wasn't afraid to ask the tough questions about IDEA versus Eclipse and NetBeans, and about the whole IDE industry, and where IDEA stands there.

I can't wait for the first episode. With (at least tacit) support from Sun and Google, this is the Java podcast to listen for.


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